Above ground pool steps offer many benefits that are making them increasingly popular with pool owners. Steps offer an improved ease of use and safety that most above ground pool ladders don’t provide. Steps are large, sturdy and most have anti-slip texture or material to prevent slips and falls.
Most step systems have handrails that extend the entire length that provide stability and improved safety. The combination of large steps and handrails virtually eliminate slips and accidental injury that can occur on conventional ladders. If children or seniors use the pool frequently, above ground pool steps are constructed with safety and ease of use in mind.
Above ground swimming pool steps rest on the pool bottom allowing
step access from the pool bottom to the deck, making them suitable for all
ages. This creates a lot of stability as it distributes pressure over a larger
area, and provides a wider and more convenient way to enter or exit your pool. An inviting set of stairs will actually promote pool safety.
Instead of users being tempted to dive into a pool that is too shallow, easy access
is readily available with a large, wide entranced set of stairs.
The polyethylene material used in most above ground pool steps won't be negatively affected by the salt in your pool. The chlorine levels in salt water pools is actually lower than traditional chlorine pools and provides a less harsh environment for pool hardware.
Setup and installation for above ground swimming pool steps is generally quite simple. There are very few pieces and they are made of sturdy, yet lightweight materials like polyethylene. They will resist corrosion, staining and last for many years with the added convenience of being adjusted so they sit snug on the bottom of the pool.
When choosing the appropriate pool step make sure you consider all the options including size, accessibility and budget. It's important to measure the height of you pool wall to ensure the stairs can be properly fastened. If you are accommodating children, seniors or someone with a disability a larger step would be more suitable. In many cases steps are a lot cheaper than ladders and provide more benefits.
The stairs can either be fastened to your pool deck (if available) with the included hardware or weighed down using sand that fills the chamber of the step structure or a ballast weight. A ballast weight is really convenient and makes it easy to install and remove during off-season winterization.
There are many options out there for a very reasonable cost when you consider how long they will last. Whether it’s to provide everyday easy access or to add that extra bit of ease for children or the elderly find one that works for you and your pool.
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